Born in Bangladesh, a Brick-Making Revolution

A crack team of Stanford researchers is looking to end the scourge of coal and rubber-burning brick kilns in South Asia, where their environmental impacts rival those of cars.
 
Pollution spewed by the kilns, linked to cardiovascular and respiratory diseases, kills tens of thousands a year.
 
After spotting the region’s kilns from a plane, epidemiologist Stephen Luby enlisted a geophysicist, a political scientist and the European Space Agency’s Sentinel 1 satellite, among others.
 
Starting with Bangladesh, where airborne particulates top 90 times WHO’s recommended levels, the team created a kiln-tracker to identify dangerous facilities and devised incentives for cleaner brick-making.
 
Stanford Engineering

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